The Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
is an important professional in the addiction field. Cazenovia College is approved to offer the 350-hour CASAC Standardized Certificate in addition to any other applicable academic degrees or credit. This program is comprised of nine Cazenovia College courses for which you will earn college academic credit. Successful completion of these courses allow you to meet the education and training
requirements for the CASAC-T application in New York State.
- Cazenovia College is one of only three colleges approved to offer the 350 hours of education and training completely in an online format.
- Credits may be applied toward a Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling.
- Credits may also be applied toward a Cazenovia College associate or bachelor degree in Human Services.
- Financial aid is available for degree-seeking students.*
- The required courses are offered both online and on-campus.
CASAC certification is specifically designed for individuals to work in an area related to alcohol and substance abuse treatment. With a NYS CASAC, one could work in an inpatient rehabilitation center, a halfway house, an outpatient addiction program, an assessment and referral program or in adolescent treatment.
Tuition per credit hour: $250
Total tuition for a 3 credit course: $750
Students who complete the 350 hours of education and training through OASAS Certified Education and Training Providers are eligible to submit the CASAC/CASAC-Trainee application for approval to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Cazenovia College does not grant the OASAS credentialing.** All students must submit a Certificate of Completion to OASAS and complete the CASAC/CASAC-Trainee application. Credentialing will be determined by OASAS.
From the OASAS Website:
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is committed to enhancing the quality of services in New York State through the professional development of the alcoholism and substance abuse services workforce. To ensure that counselors who provide direct care in alcoholism and substance abuse programs are competent and ethical in their work and skilled in meeting the needs of today’s society, OASAS issues a professional credential, CASAC, to individuals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass an examination.
In order to become a CASAC in New York State, you must:
For more information about CASAC, please visit the OASAS website.
Mary Handley, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC
Human Services Program
*Students may receive financial aid for the CASAC classes if they are concurrently enrolled in a Cazenovia College degree program.
**This program does not lead to professional licensure. Students in the internship course are not completing tasks that are restricted to licensed professionals.